Amazon released the Fire TV Cube which is the combination of a Fire TV and Echo devices. The first big difference between the Fire TV Cube and other streaming devices is the ability for the Cube to control set-top boxes, sound bars, and your TV with voice commands. The Cube can stream 4K video to your TV and uses multi-directional infrared sensors, cloud-based capabilities, and HDMI CEC to control other devices.
The big win for the Fire TV Cube can use voice to navigate multiple devices, switch inputs, adjust the volume and much more. Other devices have tried to control your whole entertainment system, but they’ve fallen short. Many other devices needed accessories or unique accessories to command other devices. The Cube comes bundled with the technology to work with virtually every device in your entertainment system.
Amazon Fire TV Cube blends old with new
Amazon is pushing further into the home. They’ve bought some smart security companies including Blink and Ring. Now, the Fire TV Cube will let them control your cable subscription and apps. The first apps include Netflix, ESPN, FOX NOW, CBS All Access, and Showtime. Having different sensors built-in lets, Alexa independently control devices like being able to play music on a soundbar without turning on the TV. The functionality to manage and turn the TV off and on isn’t new. The Chromecast and other CEC TV’s can control USB inputs.
The Fire TV Cube is up for pre-order today and begins shipping out June 21. The price is $119.99, but Prime members who pre-order today (June 8) will save $30, making the total $89.99.
What do you think about the Fire TV Cube? Are you going to pre-order the device or look at other options?